Describing himself as “lucky” to have made it through what he calls a “dark time”, a nostalgic Cristiano Ronaldo today recalled his solitary millisecond of self doubt in life.
Speaking to media today, the Portuguese striker revealed how close he came to giving up on his dream of becoming a footballer after suffering a crippling 1/60,000th of a minute of uncertainty regarding his talent.
“I was 15, yet I still remember it like it was yesterday. I controlled the ball quite poorly and it all hit me – I might not make this. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy,” admitted the 31-year-old, adding that it took him almost a whole second to regain his belief that he would become the greatest footballer of all time. “I was so grateful to come out of that, because so many don’t.”
“That sort of experience really grounds you, and it still shakes me to think just how bleak things were for that period of my life.”
At press time, the Real Madrid star credited the moment for helping him to become what he is now, admitting that without it he may have become nothing more than a brilliant player.